NLG Military Law Task Force to Obama: Pardon Chelsea Manning/Commute Sentence to Time Served

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 December 16, 2016 Dear President Obama: The National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force joins more than 102,000 people who have called on you to pardon Chelsea Manning or, at the very least, commute the remainder of her sentence. You are well […]

Pres. Obama: Free Leonard Peltier, Oscar López Rivera, Veronza Bowers and Dr. Mutulu Shakur

December 6, 2016 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear Mr. President, I write on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association, as well as its first racially integrated one, to ask that you pardon or commute the sentences of […]

NLG Review: Vol. 73, No. 1 (Spring 2016)

This is post 1 of 2 in the series “NLG Review Vol. 73, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” The Color of Pain: Blacks and the U.S. Health Care System—Can the Affordable Care Act Help to Heal a History of Injustice? Part II by Jennifer M. Smith Watching the Watchers: Monitoring Police Performance as Public Servants by […]

Rumsfeld v. Padilla (April 2004)

Rumsfeld v. Padilla: This brief argues that the prolonged and indefinite incommunicado detention of Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant–an American citizen arrested on American soil–was without due process of law or any of the other procedural protections guaranteed under the United States Constitution to civilian detainees. The brief argues that there is no constitutional, […]

Abu-Jamal v. Horn (July 2006)

Abu-Jamal v. Horn: This brief addresses improper statements by the prosecutor during the 1982 trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The brief gives special consideration to the prosecutor’s attempts to guide the jurors to distance themselves from the significance of their decision – whether or not to send a person to death. The prosecutor told the jury […]

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (October 2006)

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: U.S. Supreme Court, No. 05-908 2006 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 1040 The case involves affirmative action programs designed to end de facto discrimination in public elementary and secondary schools. The NLG opposes efforts to misuse the 14th Amendment to prevent such programs. This […]

Hammer v. Ashcroft (November 2009)

Hammer v. Ashcroft: In support of death row inmates’ right to person-to-person meetings with reporters. This brief focuses on the fact that the current Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) proscription of in-person communication between maximum security inmates and members of the press is inappropriately based on the anticipation that the speech will be offensive to government officials […]